This turned out to be a much better read than originally anticipated. It does not read like "a secret Victorian journal", upon which the novel purportedly is based. Instead, it is a carefully crafted and well written novel that easily captures one's attention and holds it throughout. Except for one "out of character" revelation by one character to another about a third character, the book holds together quite well. Of course, it's not great literature and it doesn't shed light on either Wilkie Collins or Charles Dickens, but it is a fun read by an author who obviously knows a bit about the time period of which he writes.